How Bitcoin’s Leading Lightning Implementations Are Expanding Functionality Today

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The Lightning Network can’t exactly fork like Bitcoin itself can, but it is starting to branch out. The bare minimum viable protocol was initially specified in the BOLT documents early on before anything actually went live on the main Bitcoin network, but that was just the starting point. There are still many extensions to build out in the protocol and areas with unsolved scaling issues. In general, the Lightning protocol itself still has a long way to go in terms of solving existing issues and becoming robust and scalable enough to serve as a global transactional network on top of Bitcoin.